Mapping the Hero's Journey with Adobe Spark Page

Students map a hero's journey
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About This Strategy

In this 2-hour strategy, students analyze and interpret their knowledge of the hero’s journey in literature.  Students map the three major stages of the hero’s journey (The Departure, The Quest, The Return) found in a novel or play by creating a presentation using Adobe Spark Page or Adobe Acrobat. This strategy could be used at the end of a unit on the hero in a literary work or a thematic unit on the hero, including major literary works.

Adobe Spark Page and Adobe Acrobat promote digital media skills  that empower students to take  ownership of their learning and communicate their knowledge of the hero’s journey in a meaningful way. Students can work individually or in groups.

Supporting Tools and Resources

  • Student Sample
  • Adobe Spark Page

  • Adobe Acrobat

  • Editable Resource Bundle

  • PDF Resource Bundle

Outline for Teachers

Learn.

Introduce the hero’s journey to students with The Journey of the Hero Guide, and review the three major stages of the hero’s journey: Departure, Quest, Return. Review the hero’s journey in popular culture by viewing  Matthew Winkler’s Ted-Ed video, “What Makes a Hero?”.  Explain that students will analyze the hero’s journey by selecting a character from a novel or play who embodies the hero and mapping the hero’s Departure, Quest, and Return, creating an Adobe Spark Page to display their analysis. (30 minutes)

Evaluate.

Students reflect on a major work of fiction they have read, choose a hero, and interpret the stages of the hero’s journey using the Journey of the Hero Guide. (30 minutes)

Create.

Students create Adobe Spark Page presentations with images and analysis. They use these steps to guide them. Students can view an example here, and read/watch a tutorial here. (60 minutes)

Share.

Students share and publish their Adobe Spark Page presentations.

Steps for Students

In this 2-hour strategy, you will analyze the three major stages of the hero’s journey (The Departure, The Quest, The Return) in a novel or play. Then you will create a presentation in Adobe Spark Page to share your analysis. 

Adobe Spark Page allows you to produce creative presentations that illustrate your understanding.

Steps:

1. Examine the Journey of the Hero Guide provided by your teacher.  Note the three major stages of the hero’s journey: The  Departure, The Quest, The Return. (30 minutes)

Review the hero’s journey in popular culture by viewing  Matthew Winkler’s Ted-Ed video, “What Makes a Hero?”

With a partner,  discuss the hero’s journey in works of  literature. 

2.  Identify a hero from a novel or play.  Analyze the hero’s journey with the Journey of the Hero Guide: The Departure, The Quest, The Return.  Use the text to identify moments in the novel or play where the hero goes through each stage of the journey. (30 minutes)

3. Open Adobe Spark Page to create a presentation that reveals the hero’s journey of your character. In the presentation, include the following: (60 minutes)

  • Hero’s Journey of (Character Name)

  • The title and author of the novel or play

  • Visual background or image for presentation title page

  • Your explanation of how the character progresses through each stage of the hero’s journey. 

  • An image or series of images and captions for each stage. 

You can view an example here, and watch a tutorial here. Be sure to review the rubric prior to beginning to ensure you understand the expectations.

4. Share your Adobe Spark Page or Adobe Acrobat presentation according to  teacher directions.

Rubric for Successful Analysis

Consult the attached rubric in order to evaluate students' presentations.